The Crazy Suburban Mom: Retro Tuesday and a call out for some hamalicious recipes?

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Retro Tuesday and a call out for some hamalicious recipes?

Yesterday I found myself in the A&P staring down the barrel of a ham on sale.  I hadn't planned on buying a ham this week but I caved.   I figured I could slow cook the thing all day and deal with the left overs tomorrow.

Well, it's tomorrow!

I was going through a Woman's Day, 1952 and found just what I needed but first, my ham.

I put the ham on a rack in a large pan and added some water.  Turned on the oven to 300 degrees F for an hour then 275* then covered the whole hammy shebang tightly with foil and put it in the oven.

About 6 hours later I made a mixture of Sprite and brown sugar - I know a lot of people do a Coke thing but I kind of like Sprite on ham, so sue me.

Uncover the ham, put the Spritey mess all over and let it cook uncovered until...  Well, it looked like this...


I know many people like precise recipes.  Add a molecule of water, followed by 2, not 3, grains of salt and y'know what?  That makes my head hurt.

Free yourself from recipe tyranny and chillax a bit. Wing it.  Cooking is fun, cooking is creative. Cooking is not a grad school course in Molecular Chemistry...

Just sayin'

I have all this left over porky yum and...Nothing.  That's where Retro Tuesday comes in.  Found this about two hours ago.

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Mine's not that big but we're talking springboard, people...

Although this one..


Not going to happen.  The only things missing in this monstrosity is the addition of cherry jell-o and whipping cream.  That would turn it into the most horrifying jell-o awful since the big bang.

In fact, I'm surprised they didn't think of that; it's so '52.

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Think springboard...

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You can see bigger images at Flickr (just click the images)...

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So I'll see how the week goes with my yummy, porky leftovers.  And report back.  And maybe you guys could email or comment me some hamalicious recipe love.

That would be wonderful and extra a-specially hamacious of you...

*Next time I'm going to cook the whole thing at 250 or 275 
I think it was a bit dry*


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heidi 6/8/10, 8:56 AM  

i openly admit to opting out of many steps when i cook as well. and scrapple cookies? what the hell?

Warren Contreras 6/8/10, 10:13 AM  

Just throw the bone and some hammy chunks in your slow cooker with some navy beans and creative spices for me!

Vonlipi 6/8/10, 10:24 AM  

YUM I love ham! but scrapple cookies I don't think so!

With a smoked pork butt, here's what I do. I place it in a large dutch oven cover it in water, add a beer, brown sugar or maple syrup and 2 star anise. I usualy boil it for 2 hours and it's delish every time!

imelda 6/8/10, 10:47 AM  

i love ham with pineapple juice and sprite

Babes Mami 6/8/10, 1:58 PM  

I love ham. Period. If I ever get to NJ feel free to feed me.

Petula 6/8/10, 4:10 PM  

I actually don't eat the porky! :-) But I remember when my mom used to fix it when I was a kid.

You're pretty funny... I think my daughter would love cooking with you 'cause she doesn't measure anything either.

Good luck with the pork variety meals.

Mimi 6/8/10, 4:25 PM  

Yummo! Ham is just plain good. Gotta get some!

Anonymous,  6/9/10, 6:48 AM  

Way too funny! did you see the way that ham shrunk day by day? Scary! All the way down to 1/4 cup...
Very cool...thanks for sharing this with us.

Postcardy 6/10/10, 10:42 AM  

Some of those recipes look pretty good, but some of them look disgusting!

P. 6/10/10, 1:32 PM  

YOUR ham looks good. The retro recipes...not so much. They lost me at "baked ham FAT." Ew, ew, and ew again.

Coloradolady 6/10/10, 2:19 PM  

I usually don't think of ham except around the am wanting to make a ham!! This was a great post...right up my alley! Have a great VTT

viridian 6/10/10, 6:10 PM  

Scrapple, yum yum. Actually I've never had, just heard about it.

Sally Annie Magundy 6/10/10, 6:44 PM  

You crack me up! They certainly were off their game not including the jello ham extravaganza!

Happy VTT,

Michelle 6/10/10, 10:08 PM  

Well, I used to add chopped ham to either a cheesy noodle or cheesy potato casserole, so I had the full meal deal all in one pan. You could put some veggies in it too--chopped broccoli maybe.

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